Ziggy Marley’s fifth solo studio album, Fly Rasta has flown to the top of the iTunes Best Reggae Album chart ahead of the album’s official release, set for Tuesday April, 15.
In addition to holding the #1 spot for best Reggae Album on the iTunes charts, the single, I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars is also the #2 Reggae track.
The number one rating comes a few days after the six-time Grammy Award winner gave fans a peak into the album, as the full length of the album was streamed via the iTunes Radio First Look feature.
The album is already available for pre order on iTunes. Fans can visit the iTunes web store and search Fly Rasta, or simple click http://tw.itunes.com/FlyRasta to secure their copy of the album ahead of its release.
Ziggy Marley sensitized fans to the project that became the album, Fly Rasta, and gave them an understanding of the thinking behind his latest creation when he engaged them in Twitter chat with iTunes on April 9 and 10.
For Ziggy Marley, his latest vehicle of expression, Fly Rasta, represents a galactic sonic journey. The trip began in early 2013 with a handwritten note. The concept was simple: make a record that was true to himself, and expanded the territories of the traditional reggae sound by exploring new musical spaces. He had brought strands of other genres into his previous albums, but now he was looking further into the musical universe, like the deep-space eye of the Hubble telescope.
Fly Rasta, scheduled for release April 15, fulfills Ziggy’s mission by marrying his own distinctive reggae sound with elements of psychedelica, rock, funk, soul and pop, exploring further musical zones with the addition of sitar, tabla and taiko drums. “I’m looking to push the envelope, to challenge myself,” Ziggy explains. “I have always wanted to travel far beyond the realms of expectations.”
Ziggy Marley’s fifth solo studio album, Fly Rasta, has already reached immense altitudes after being ranked #1 on the iTunes Best Reggae Album charts. The latest album follows Ziggy’s previous album, Ziggy Marley In Concert, which won him an unprecedented sixth Grammy Award at the 2014 Grammys.